Barbados emerge winners -- TCL Group West Indies Under 19 Challenge
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados emerged as winner of the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 three-day trophy when they earned a draw against Jamaica on Saturday at the Wildey Ground. The home side ended the fine-match series with 37 points, ahead of defending champions Guyana on 34 points. Trinidad and Tobago, who played to draw in the final round with Guyana were third on 30 points. The Windward Islands were fourth on 28 points followed by Jamaica on 26 points and the Leeward Islands on 19 points.
Barbados captain Kyle Corbin was pleased and praised his players and support staff.
“Winning is a good feeling and I’m pleased that we came out on top. Everyone played a part in this success and I’m happy we pulled it off at home in front of our families, friends and other supporters,” said Corbin.
The leading batsman in the tournament was Jamaica captain Andre Creary. The forthright right-hander ended with 414 runs at an average of 51.75. After a slow start he made two centuries – 118 against Guyana and 101 not out in the final innings against Barbados.
“I had a slow start but I batted better as the tournament went on,” said Creary. “Overall it was reward for the hard work I to put in and my self-belief. I plan to work even harder”
The top bowler was Kerron Cottoy, the Windward Islands skipper and wily leg-spinner. He took 38 wickets in five matches with best figures of 8 for 88 against Guyana – as he had took 13 wickets in the match.
“Cottoy has been excellent for us throughout the tournament and I’m happy that he reaped rewards. He bowled well in every match and always put us in a good position when we were in the field,” said coach Raymond Duncan.
The players now switch their attention to the TCL Group One-Day Championship, which starts on Tuesday. In Zone A Barbados play against the Windward Islands at Queen’s Park, while in Zone B the Leewards face Guyana at the Pine Basin.
On Wednesday – defending champions Jamaica meet Barbados at Combermere School, while Trinidad and Tobago face the Leeward Islands at the Yorkshire Club. On Friday – Windwards and Jamaica play at Wildey and Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago battle at Queen’s Park. The final is Saturday at the Banks Brewery Ground.